American Ian Miller (190-G-91, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Astana and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. The 25-year old guard had the game-high 34 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Astana in his team's victory, helping them to beat Barsy Atyrau (#2, 5-9) 79-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Astana to consolidate first place in the Kazakhstan D1. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Astana still have not lost a single game, getting all 16 victories. In the team's last game Miller had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Astana's top player in his first season with the team. Florida State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Miller is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.1ppg), assists (2nd best: 6.0apg) and averages solid 2.7spg,63.6% FGP and 41.2% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American point guard Trevin Parks (180-PG-91) of second-ranked Barsy Atyrau. Parks impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Barsy Atyrau lost that game 74-79 to league's leader Astana (#1, 16-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Barsy Atyrau still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Parks is a newcomer at Barsy Atyrau and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.4rpg and 3.7apg.
The third best performed player last round was another Barsy Atyrau's star - former international swingman Nikolay Bazhkin (198-G/F-90). Bazhkin scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Bazhkin's great performance Barsy Atyrau lost 74-79 to #1 ranked Astana. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Barsy Atyrau not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bazhkin could try to bring Barsy Atyrau's a little bit higher in the standings. Bazhkin has a very solid season. In 14 games in Kazakhstan he scored 6.9ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 68.1%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) of Astana - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Leonidas Kaselakis (202-SF-90) of Astana - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Pavel Ilin (196-F/G-92) of Barsy Atyrau - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Rustam Yargaliev (195-G/F-86) of Astana - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-F/C-84) of Barsy Atyrau - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Maxim Marchuk (198-F/G-94) of Astana - 5 points and 10 rebounds 10. Rustam Murzagaliyev (196-G/F-92) of Astana - 6 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Astana outscore Barsy Atyrau to win title - 2 days ago
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Astana - Barsy Atyrau 94:78 Astana captured the National League title. They overcame Barsy Atyrau in the Final tonight. Robert Lowery (188-PG-87, college: Dayton) scored 25 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Astana eked out a 20:18 lead after the opening frame. They unloaded 27 points in the second term to secure a 12-point halftime lead. Astana maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the final stanza up by 13 points. Astana poure... [read more]
Astana - Barsy Atyrau 94:78
Astana captured the National League title. They overcame Barsy Atyrau in the Final tonight. Robert Lowery (188-PG-87, college: Dayton) scored 25 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Astana eked out a 20:18 lead after the opening frame. They unloaded 27 points in the second term to secure a 12-point halftime lead. Astana maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the final stanza up by 13 points. Astana poured in 25 points in the fourth stanza and rolled to the victory. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) produced 18 points, while Ian Miller (190-G-91, college: Florida St., agency: BeoBasket) contributed 17 points and 10 assists for the champions. Trevin Parks (180-PG-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) responded with 27 points for Barsy Atyrau. Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-F/C-84) had 15 points in the loss.
National League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Barsy Atyrau and Astana advance into Final - 3 days ago
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Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau 86-82 Barsy Atyrau advanced into National League Finals after they beat Kaspiy Aktau in the semifinal clash. American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Ryan Cook (191-90, college: UMBC, agency: HMS) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Cook is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league... [read more]
Barsy Atyrau advanced into National League Finals after they beat Kaspiy Aktau in the semifinal clash. American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Ryan Cook (191-90, college: UMBC, agency: HMS) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Cook is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American guard Sean Hill (188-92, college: Chicago St.) responded with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Azim Yagodkin (185-92) scored 23 points. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Barsy Atyrau: T.Parks 27+2reb+5ast, R.Cook 20+7reb+3ast, N.Bazhkin 13+8reb+4ast, P.Ilin 9+7reb+2ast, P.Micheev 8+2reb, M.Yevstigneyev 6+4reb+3ast Kaspiy Aktau: S.Hill 26+6reb+7ast, A.Yagodkin 23+3reb+2ast, V.Lapchenko 11+5reb+1ast, D.Degtyarev 9+5reb+2ast, R.Pan 5+5reb+1ast, S.Kazantcev 4
Astana thumped Tobol to reach the Final. Astana made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Tobol turnovers. The former international swingman Rustam Yargaliev (195-86) nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international power forward Anton Ponomaryov (208-88, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 17 points. Four Astana players scored in double figures. Astana's coach Ilias Papatheodorou felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Anton Bykov (200-89) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and forward Vasiliy Petrashinets (198-89) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Tobol in the defeat. Top scorers: Astana: A.Ponomaryov 17+4reb+3ast, R.Yargaliev 16+8reb+2ast, I.Miller 14+3ast, R.Murzagaliyev 14+4reb+4ast, V.Scherbak 13+3reb, D.Katsivelis 10+3reb+4ast Tobol: A.Bykov 23+8reb+1ast, V.Petrashinets 20+6reb, M.Shvab 10+6reb+4ast, D.Romanenko 6+4reb, T.Sultanov 4+2reb+6ast, A.Toktarov 3+1reb+2ast
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